Damir Črnčec

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Damir Črnčec
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Born (1973-06-19) June 19, 1973 (age 45)
Maribor, Republic of Slovenia
Alma materUniversity of Ljubljana

Damir Črnčec (born June 19, 1973 in Maribor) is a columnist, expert on security issues, university professor, and civil society activist.

Professional career[edit]

Since 13 September 2018, he has been serving as the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister.

From March 2015 until June 2016, he was a Defence Policy and Public Diplomacy Advisor to the Minister of Defence of Montenegro. He advised her on activities that were of key importance for NATO's decision on a membership invitation [1] that was received on December 2, 2015, and for the signing of the accession protocol on May 19, 2016. During his term Slovenia also ratified the protocol on June 8, 2016.[2] From 2013 to February 2015 and since July 2016 and September 2018, he served as a Defence Policy Advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces. In February 2012 he was appointed as the Director of the Slovene Intelligence and Security Agency (SOVA) [3] and in March 2013, he resigned just three days after the submission of the illegally kept archive of the communist secret police (UDBA).[4] During that period, he was also the Slovenian Counterterrorism Coordinator and the Head of the Secretariat of the Security Council of the Republic of Slovenia.

In 2005, he became the Director General of the Intelligence and Security Agency at the Ministry of Defence (OVS).[5] In 2010, the government extended his mandate for another five years as the director of OVS. During his mandate, the Republic of Slovenia hosted a meeting of the Security Agencies from NATO.[6]

In 1999 with age 26, he became the youngest contingent commander of the Slovenian Armed Forces abroad and was the commander of the first Slovenian unit that received a battle flag in another country. He took command of the 5th contingent of the Slovenian Armed Forces in Cyprus during the UNFICYP. Damir began his career as a Slovenian military officer after he finished the Reserve Officer Training School and the Officer Candidate School.

Academic career[edit]

Črnčec is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies covering the areas of national and international security and intelligence.[7] From October 2016 until September 2017, he was the Dean at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies.[8] He is the long-time Head of the Chair for National and International Security Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Ljubljana in 2008. He has taken part in numerous courses in the field of national and international security in Slovenia and abroad, either as a student, lecturer or visiting professor at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Harvard University,[9] National Intelligence University [10] and University of Donja Gorica.

Civic commitment[edit]

Črnčec is President of the Euro-Atlantic think-tank organization called the »Association for European Slovenia«,[11] which is actively involved in various areas, such as the rule of law, democracy, European Union, NATO, human rights and fundamental freedoms. He is the Head of Council of the Institute for Global Governments - IGLU, which addresses the issues of global governments, rule of law, security sector reform, and democratization. In May 2014, the Association for European Slovenia, in cooperation with other civil society organizations, presented the 2014 May Declaration on the Prešeren Square in Ljubljana in front of 5,000 people.[12]

After Janez Janša was sent to the Dob prison to begin serving his prison sentence on June 20, 2014, Črnčec was appointed as President of the Committee for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which he led until September 9, 2015. The Committee 2014 has become the biggest Slovenian civil society movement which has, since then, continued to organize rallies in front of the Slovenian Supreme Court. The Committee 2014's activities under his presidency involve more than 70,000 Slovenian citizens. In January 2015, the Association for European Slovenia was one of the initiators of the petition for privatization and depoliticization of the Slovenian economy (Za privatizacijo), which brought together the members of the civic society wishing to resist attempts to stop the sale of Slovenian public undertakings. The petition was signed by about 12,000 people.

Publicistic activity[edit]

Damir Črnčec is a columnist of the best-selling centre-right weekly »Reporter«.[13] His articles have been published also by the magazines »Revija Obramba« and »Slovenska vojska«, daily »Večer« and »Vijesti«,[14] weekly »Demokracija«, and by »Slovenski Čas«, a monthly supplement to the weekly »Družina«.[15] At the TEDxFDV 2014 event he addressed the young audience with a lecture titled »Power of Young Leaders«.[16] He participated as a moderator at a strategic forum 2BS 2015 in Budva, Montenegro.[17] He is often invited to participate in TV and radio debates as a human rights activist, civil society activist or expert on global, geostrategic, geopolitic and security issues. He articulated his years-long publicistic experience in the book title »Kresovi«, which means Bonfires.[18]


  1. ^ "New Montenegro".
  2. ^ "Slovenia ratifies Montenegro".
  3. ^ "Damir Črnčec, novi šef Sove". Delo (newspaper). 18 February 2013.
  4. ^ "The article about the Udba archive".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Interview with Damir Črnčec about becoming director".
  6. ^ "Meeting of NATO security agencies" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Damir Črnčec's courses".
  8. ^ "Dean of the school".
  9. ^ "Harvard Club of Slovenia". Archived from the original on 2014-02-19.
  10. ^ "HNIU Visiting Scholar Program Features Slovenian Intelligence Director".
  11. ^ "Evropska Slovenija".
  12. ^ "May Declaration 2014".
  13. ^ "Prižgimo kresove!".
  14. ^ "Neutrality vs. sovereignty".
  15. ^ "Od terorizma do ideologije".
  16. ^ "Moč mladih vodij".
  17. ^ "2BS Forum".
  18. ^ "Knjiga Kresovi".